Goofy vs Goof - What's the difference?

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Goofy is a derived term of goof.

As a adjective goofy

is silly, quirky.

As a noun goof is

(us) a mistake or error,.

As a verb goof is

(us) to make a mistake.



Etymology 1


  • silly, quirky
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    Derived terms

    * goofily * goofiness

    Etymology 2

    From the way the Disney character was first depicted surfing, with right foot forward. BBC Sport, "Sochi 2014: A jargon-busting guide to the halfpipe", 11 February 2014


  • (snowboarding) riding with right foot forward.
  • Antonyms

    * (snowboarding) regular

    Coordinate terms

    * (snowboarding) switch





    (en noun)
  • (US) A mistake or error,
  • I made a goof in that last calculation.
  • # (US, cinematography) An error made during production which finds its way into the final release.
  • (US) A foolish and/or silly person; a goofball.
  • Your little brother is a total goof .
  • A child molester.
  • Synonyms

    * (error) blooper, boo-boo, error, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko * See also


    (en verb)
  • (US) To make a mistake.
  • It's my fault: I goofed.
  • (US) To engage in mischief.
  • We were just goofing by painting the neighbors cat green.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    (terms derived from goof) * goof around * goof off * goof-off * goof up * goofball * goofy